- Governor Ortom has raised alarm over the growing unemployment and poverty rates in the country
- The Benue state governor said Nigeria is sitting on a time bomb with the current situation
- Ortom urged Nigerian leaders to study the World Bank report which projects that Nigeria could become home to 87 million destitute and consider its recommendations to make the country better
Governor Samuel Ortom has reacted to the World Bank report which projects that Nigeria could become home to 87 million destitute.
The Benue state governor called on Nigerian leaders to take the report seriously, warning the country is already sitting on a time bomb considering the high poverty rate and widespread unemployment.
Governor Ortom advised the Nigerian leaders to consider the recommendations of the World Bank to ensure the country does not end up having a permanent position as the poorest country in the world, Vanguard reports.
The newspaper reports that Ortom made this known on Sunday, February 2, when a delegation from Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation, a USAID Agri-Business Investment Activity, paid him a visit.
Legit.ng notes that Nigeria overtook India as the world's capital of the world in 2018.
Ortom reiterated that he would take the World Bank report seriously as his priority is to develop his state.
He advised the Nigerian leaders to critically assess the report and take proper steps, instead of criticising it just as he noted that Nigeria is fast becoming the world's poorest country.
Earlier, Governor Ortom raised the alarm over the high rate of insecurity across the country despite claims by the federal government that the insurgents have been technically defeated.
The governor said that unless something drastic is urgently done to stem the situation, the growing insecurity situation being witnessed in the country might push the nation into a religious crisis.
Legit.ng gathered that he stated this on Wednesday, January 29, when he received the Air Officer Commanding Tactical Air Command Makurdi, Air Vice Marshal Olusegun Philip, who paid him a courtesy call in his office.
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